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Patchwork: Sometimes gardening is for the birds

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Eugenie Doyle



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Barbara took a risk asking me to write a guest column in this fine gardening feature, so full of descriptions of abundance, beauty and delectability. I grew up in a gardening family, my mother a genius with flowers; my great grandfather an orchardist from Sicily.

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Patchwork: The lovely lettuces

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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Believe it or not, my mother wanted me to carry a large head of lettuce for my bridal bouquet. “It would be beautiful,” she said, “I have always pictured it!” A head of lettuce is indeed a beautiful thing — in terms of color, texture, even form. But I managed to over-rule her on that detail.

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Patchwork: You didn't plant them, they volunteered

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Some call them uninvited guests, interlopers, opportunists, ne’er-do-wells, even weeds. Earnest gardeners work hard at banishing these trespassers from vegetable beds, pulling them in fall and spring, evicting them when they pop up during the summer.

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Patchwork: Can it be — the first harvest of 2011 already?

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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Finally some warmth! The patches of snow are almost gone in the shade-licked corners of the yard. As I write, we are having a true April shower, no sleet, no snow, just an honest rain.

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Patchwork: Italy and Vermont share garden values

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Ilaria Brancoli-Busdraghi



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Editor’s note: Our guest columnist this week, Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi, teaches Italian at Middlebury College and sits on the board of directors of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op. Hailing from Italy, where the Slow Food Movement originated, Ilaria cooks with her family and friends.

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Patchwork: Autumn cycles around to close the season

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Kate Gridley



Canada geese are unfailingly punctual. As I began to put my garden to bed this weekend, the honking from high above pulled my gaze to a cloud white sky. Those skeins of geese in long wispy V’s never fail to reassure: an ancient rhythm still pulses, something actually feels right with the world.

This weekend marked the end of my tomato season, the middle of apple season, and the beginning of planning for next year. For me, this is already a season of thanksgiving.

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Patchwork: That's not fall in my garden

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



I know, I know, it’s that time of year again — the first string of geese flew overhead as I thinned lettuce this morning; this evening as I picked beans, light slanted long shadows across the field and the air took a sudden chill. There’s no mistake about fall’s inexorable approach. No calendar needed, nor sounds of football game, marching band, school bell. It’s in the sunflowers heavy with seed flopping over beneath the weight of feasting squirrels. It’s in the garden chatter turning all chickadee, blue jay, goldfinch.

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Patchwork recipes: The best squash

Posted on September 16, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Judy Stevens



Best Baked Squash

Buttercup squash makes, in my opinion, the best baked squash. Its flesh is dark orange and dry, and it absorbs maple syrup and butter beautifully. Wash and cut the buttercup in half and place, cut side up in a baking dish.

Put a large dollop of butter in each “cup” along with a generous amount of maple syrup. Salt and pepper the halves. Add water to the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 375 F for at least 1 hour.

Mom always served it this way at Thanksgiving dinner.

 

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Patchwork: How was your harvest this year

Posted on September 16, 2010 |
By Will Stevens and Judy Stevens



“What is going on at the farm?” September on a vegetable farm is perhaps the busiest month of the year. We are harvesting, processing, putting into storage and selling vegetables, cleaning up the fields, taking soil samples, applying compost and cover cropping. As we strive to keep order on our farm and prepare for winter, the fields that once supported long straight rows of spring and summer crops are now mostly empty of greenery.

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